For communication in professional areas, such as marketing, managing social media presence and, of course, blog content management, knowing how to write in each appropriate style is essential. After all, blog posts aren’t meant to be the same as white papers, right?

When it comes time to start crafting your piece, after your initial research and note-taking is satisfactory, the real work begins. In school, we are taught that plagiarism is an unacceptable faux pas, but as we enter the professional world the repercussions of plagiarism can mean so much more.

When reviewing your own notes, be sure to identify direct quotes and treat them as such, rather than copying word for word. Restructuring sentences and content is a good sign of reading comprehension and honed communication skills that will take us further than just our writing alone.

Revision work should not only be saved for the end; rather, proofreading should happen at regular intervals in the process. Save yourself the headache of revisionary work by pacing yourself, regularly stopping to read back on your work and make changes as necessary instead of all at once as the due date looms near.

The subtle skills we are taught in regards to essay development have a bigger impact than just making the grade. From our first book reports all the way to professional reports and press releases, the skills we learn through writing essays carry us into adulthood, our professional careers and beyond.

Take a look at the infographic below to find out what it takes to write the perfect essay:

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